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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

Jonny Heinken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jonny Heinken's Bio

Riding on the road since I was 16 years old (1981). Hinault was King. But there were many more great (and clean) riders in that era: Moser, Fignon, Kelly, Roche, Millar, Argentin.

Shortly thereafter, LeMond ascended, winning at Altenrhein in '83. The Tour in '85 & '86 was epic. LeMond vs Fignon in '89 was incredible. And how sweet were the original 7-11 and Motorola teams: Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Eric Heiden, Bob Roll, etc. Andy winning the '88 Giro.

Then between 91 and 93... EPO arrived to the pro peloton and it all ended. Et tu Big Mig? Et tu??

Today: Peter Sagan, Froomey, Dumoulin... gentlemen, you have been GREAT ambassadors for pro cycling. Ditto... the great Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara before.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli is based in the foothills of the Italian Alps (Dolomites). They know winter cycling.

Application: Castelli officially rates this jacket for use in cold, dry weather from 60° down to 42° F. This is fantastic as this is the temperature range the majority of us ride in the Winter (in the 40s).

PROS:
1. The clever, innovative, front chest vents. These provide great versatility! For example, close the vents and select a winter-weight baselayer, ride hard, and this jacket will keep you warm down to about 40-35° (temp sensitivity is individual).

Yet, with the vents open and a light-weight baselayer on, this jacket also works up to 60°. Awesome.

2. Authentic Gore Windstopper textile is simply the best in the business. It is non-flapping, insulating, windproof, and water-resistant; yet breathable. So it protects fantastic against cold but also vents away sweat build-up extremely well. So no dreaded "sweat in a bag" occurs in this jacket.

3. Also, Windstopper provides a soft and snug (and quiet) 'aero' fit. This jacket does NOT flap in the wind.

The overall performance and versatility of the Mortirolo jacket is benchmark in this temp range.

Cons: The Mortirolo protects well against fog, mist, and drizzle. But Windstopper is not waterproof. So, if the weather is threatening full-on rain, take along a light, taped, dedicated rain shell (like the Superleggera, Tempesta, or Dolomiti).

***Sizing: As castelli vets know, Castelli runs small. Italian sizing -is- different than US sizing. So, size up +1 here from your normal street size. Still, the Mortirolo will fit snug (as it is designed to).***

PS. _The Mortirolo Pass is one of the highest and most famous climbs in Europe. It is a legendary stage at the Giro d'Italia.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely one of the best bottle cages made. Found throughout the UCI pro peloton for a very good reason.

Light, cheap, strong.

And great grip (yet easy to insert and remove). Your bottle will NOT eject during a rough descent.

Designed by well-known Euro (Dutch) cycling company.

Note: I think the $20 version is carbon infused fiberglass. Whatever, great bottle cage.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

This jersey is extremely well designed with wicking textiles and special ventilated fabric along the sides and upper back.

Alpinestars is an Italian company with a history in Moto. I've been really impressed by the quality and QC of Alpinestars MTB gear. This stuff is up there with the best quality MTB clothing made (Troy Lee Design, Pearl Izumi), but less ubiquitous.

Matches perfectly with Alpinestars MTB shorts like the excellent Pathfinder shorts.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

High quality, well-made, strong fabrics, well ventilated.

I have been really impressed by the quality and QC of Alpinestars MTB gear. This stuff is up there with the best quality MTB kit made (Troy Lee Design, Pearl Izumi). Alpinestars is an Italian brand with history in moto. Designed in Italy. Cool.

Matches great with the excellent Alpinestars Drop 2 short-sleeve jersey (or long-sleeve).

Wear with quality technical (non-cotton) boxer-briefs underneath or some good MTB liner-shorts from Pearl Izumi or Fox.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

High quality, well-made, strong fabrics, well ventilated.

I have been really impressed by the quality and QC of Alpinestars MTB gear. This stuff is up there with the best quality MTB kit made (Troy Lee Design, Pearl Izumi). Alpinestars is an Italian brand with history in moto. Designed in Italy. Cool.

Matches great with the excellent Alpinestars Drop 2 short-sleeve jersey (or long-sleeve).

The only con: The chamois with the supplied liner shorts are just ok. Wear with quality technical (non-cotton) boxer briefs or for long days in the saddle: a good pair of liner-shorts from Fox or Pear Izumi.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

5 5

This jersey is extremely well designed with wicking textiles and special ventilated fabric along the sides and upper back.

I've been really impressed by the quality and QC of Alpinestars MTB gear. This stuff is up there with the best quality MTB clothing made (Troy Lee Design, Pearl Izumi), but less ubiquitous.

Matches perfectly with Alpinestars MTB shorts like the excellent Pathfinder shorts.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Application: Castelli officially rates this jacket for use from 58° down to 40° F -the sweet spot for winter riding for many of us.

PROS: The front chest vents provide tremendous versatility. For example, close the vents and select a winter-weight baselayer, and this jacket will keep you warm down to about 35-40°. Yet, with the vents open and a light-weight baselayer, this jacket works great into the upper 50s. Neat.

Authentic Gore WindStopper textile is simply the best in the business. It is fully wind-proof and protects very effectively against cold but -also- breathes extremely well (the best in the business) -and- does not flap in the wind. It's wonderfully effective.

***Sizing: As castelli vets know, Castelli runs small. Italian sizing -is- different.

So, size up +1 with Castelli. Always. I'm 5'10" and 185 lbs. The XL fit great here. Snug (as it should be) with enough room for a Craft L/S baselayer underneath.***

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

This is the *new* Zipp SL Speed carbon stem (with new stealth graphics).

Zipp, undeniably, one of the very best carbon road wheelset makers​ in the world... has quietly become one of the very best makers of carbon cockpit components.

The SL Speed carbon stem is expensive. It is strong. It is light (Zipp says 123g in size 100mm).

It is also stunnigly beautiful in stealth matte carbon black (and will match any frame color)

American company/design. Cool.

By the way, Zipp uses Torx fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains, "They are more durable (strip less). And they provide more accurate torque readings."

Install note: This stem is a work of art. You must use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's excellent new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts (cross X) to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon bar, add a swipe of grip paste ( I rec Finish Line, $7/tube). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

This is the *new* Zipp SL Sprint carbon stem (with new stealth graphics).

You buy this stem because it is super strong. Great for crit and sprint use. The 78º angle gives a slightly lower, more aggressive riding position compared the more commonly found 84º rise.

No one makes a better aero carbon road stem. American company/design. Great stuff.

By the way, Zipp uses Torx fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains, "They are more durable (strip less). And they provide more accurate torque readings."

Install note: This stem is a work of carbon art. You must use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's excellent new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts (cross X) to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon bar, add a swipe of grip paste (I rec Finish Line, $7/tube). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

Zipp, undeniably, one of the very best carbon road wheelset makers​ in the world... has quietly become one of the very best makers of carbon cockpit components.

The Zipp SL Speed carbon seatpost does not disappoint. It is expensive. It is gorgeous. It is fantastic. You get what you pay for.

Super light, super strong, lessens low vibration chatter... and dead sexy in matte carbon black. American company/design. Cool.

Install note: If you own a carbon bike frame... and you probably do if you're looking at this seatpost... then you must use grip paste to set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube) -better than Park's.

Tighten this carbon post to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque wrench/key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

Come on guys, if you own a $3-10K high-end road (or MTB) bike with an 11 speed chain, spend only ~$20-30 more than a decent/inferior chain tool and purchase Park's CT-4.3 master chain tool.

Park's CT-4.3 is designed in a different and superior way than other chain tools (even Park's 3.2). It holds the chain *inside* the block; much more secure. Thus, the chain rivet is driven-in in a more precise and accurate way. Therefore, fewer bent, stuck, or stiff links (so frustrating!).

Buy this chain tool and Park's $10 chain checker (3.2), and change your chain --easily-- and as needed. (About every 1,500-3,000 miles depending upon conditions.)

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 17, 2017

4 5

Ok, no one appreciates Park bike tools more than me. They are the BEST.

(For ex, no cyclist should be without Park's AWS-1 3-way hex wrench, or a PW-4 pedal wrench, among others.)

That said, if you own an expensive $$$ 3K-10K high-end road (or MTB) bike with an 11/10 speed chain, please spend only ~$25 more and purchase Park's CT-4.3 master chain tool. It is a better chain tool.

The CT-4.3 is designed differently than the 3.2. It holds the chain -inside- the block; in a much more secure way. Thus, the chain rivet is driven-in in a more precise and accurate way.

It's why Park designed the 4.3. It is a superior tool.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 5, 2017

5 5

PROS: These tubes are very light at ~75g (decreasing rotational mass), and are supposed to provide better dynamic "feel" while riding, in addition to slightly lower rolling resistance according to a few studies.

Anyway, I've had zero problems. They look cool in pink. And, more importantly, in my exp no increased flats vs butyl tubes. And the ride does feel more supple and smooth with high-quality tires.

CONS: 1. You have to add air every ride. No big deal.

2. Patching a latex tire is apparently a no-no. But I've done it with no apparent issues. Anyone else?

3. Latex tubes seem to stick to the tire inside more, even with talcum powder. This makes them hard to use again after a flat. They stick and deform after pulling them out. Anyone else?

I pair these latex tubes with Conti GranPrix II tires (size 25) for fast riding/training (Conti 4-Season in the Winter), and with the new Vittoria Corsa G+ tires for race/timed applications on good roads. Love it!

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 5, 2017

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) has made pro level cycling stems and bars since 1961. Lots of experience here. Found throughout the pro peloton.

This is a great carbon stem. Light (~120g), strong, and sweet looking. "Stealth" finish will match any frame color.

A classy upgrade if you own an Italian brand bike frame or not.

*Remember, if you are lucky enough to own a carbon handlebar and/or stem... you must use grip paste to properly set your stem/handlebar. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube) -better than Park's. Then (cross tighten) the bolts to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) offers the largest, most extensive lineup of cockpit road components (bar, stem, post) in the sport. Since 1961. Lots of experience here.

This is a great carbon seatpost. Light (~200g), strong, and sweet looking. The carbon will help with low frequncy road vibration.

The "stealth" look is gorgeous and will match any frame color.

Install note: If you have a Al, Ti, or steel frame, don't forget to grease the seatpost before installing. Phil Wood "waterproof grease" in the green tube is the classic: $10.

If you have a carbon bike... you must use grip paste to properly set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube). Then tighten the seatpost collar to spec using a torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

As we all know, Zipp makes some of the absolute best carbon road wheelsets in the world. They also make -fantastic-cockpit components.

The "Service Course" SL is simply one of the BEST road stems made in the sport -especially for the price.

Super high quality (3-D forged, aircraft grade, 7050 aluminum alloy), strong, light weight (Zipp says 135g in size 100mm) ...and... affordable. That is a combination that is hard to beat.

In addition, Zipp's Service Course SL stem in their "beyond black" finish is absolutely stunning, one of the best looking road stems on the market today. This is bike jewelry.

Install note: I strongly rec the use a quality torque wrench or one of Park's excellent new torque keys ($45) to tighten the bolts down to spec (6 Nm max torque). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench.

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